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Michael James Hehir,

Michael James Hehir, was an Irish hurling, football and horse racing commentator and journalist. Between 1938 and 1985 his enthusiasm and a memorable turn of phrase endeared him to many. He is still regarded as the original 'voice of Gaelic games'
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Michael O'Hehir, journalist and broadcaster: . Michael O'Hehir born Dublin 2 June 1920; Michael O'Hehir married 1948 Molly Owens, Michael O'Hehir had three sons and two daughters. Michael O'Hehir died Dublin 24 November 1996

Michael O'Hehir was the voice of Irish sport for almost half a century.
Best known for his vivid commentaries on GAA Gaelic football and hurling matches and horse racing, he was head of sports programmes at Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) from 1961 to 1972, while he also had a brief spell as manager of Leopardstown Racecourse. Turf Club - a task his son Peter now performs - from 1975 onwards.
Michael O'Hehir was Born in Dublin in 1920, Michael O'Hehir began commentating as a schoolboy at the tender age of 18.

Michael O'Hehir GAA league match, director of broadcasting at RTE, Dr T.J. Kiernan, he covered the All-Ireland football semi- final between Monaghan and Galway.
On Sunday afternoons in the 1940s and 1950s people gathered around the radio to listen to him. Michael O'Hehir covered virtually all major GAA matches from 1938 to 1985, when illness prevented him from covering his 100th All Ireland final.
One of Michael O'Hehir two most memorable commentaries was on the 1967 Aintree Grand National. That was the year of the horse Foinavon,O'Hehir Grand National for the BBC.
Michael O'Hehir second great commentary, on the visit of President John F. Kennedy to Ireland in 1963. showed him to be a man of unique talent.
Michael O'Hehir was in the United States later that year when Kennedy was assassinated and was asked by RTE to cover the funeral. he gave an emotional commentary lasting almost five hours. He described that commentary as the most demanding of his career.
ABC television in the US to cover the Washington DC International horse race at Laurel Park, and following the Kennedy funeral he was offered a full-time job in American broadcasting. He preferred to stay in Ireland. Leopardstown Racecourse, broadcasting on a freelance basis.
stipendary steward with the Turf Club, he oversaw many developments in Irish racing, including the organisation of television coverage. in 1984, the Family Solidarity group was founded, he became one of their principal patrons.
Michael O'Hehir was honoured by President Mary Robinson at a celebration of his career which also marked the launch of his autobiography, My Life and Times.
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